$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

Edin, Kathryn J.

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Synopsis: A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don?t think it exists

Jessica Compton?s family of four would have no cash income unless she donated plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends.   After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn?t seen since the mid-1990s ? households surviving on virtually no income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children.   Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Edin has ?turned sociology upside down? (Mother Jones) with her procurement of rich ? and truthful ? interviews. Through the book?s many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge.   The authors illuminate a troubling trend: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America?s extreme poor. More than a powerful exposť, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.    

From the Back Cover: Praise for "$2.00 a Day" An eye-opening account of the lives ensnared in the new poverty cycle. "Kirkus Reviews" Affluent Americans often cherish the belief that poverty in America is far more comfortable than poverty in the rest of the world. Edin and Shaefer s devastating account of life at $2 or less a day blows that myth out of the water. This is world-class poverty at a level that should mobilize not only national alarm, but international attention. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickeled and Dimed" "Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, with compelling statistics and wrenching human stories, illustrate how with incomes farbelow thepayof low-wage jobs thatcripplefamilies by the millions a shocking number of Americans live in an almost unimaginable depth of poverty with near-zero incomes.We have let the bottom go out of the American economy. This powerful book should be required reading for everyone." Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown Law Center, and author of "So Rich, So Poor: Why It s So Hard to End Poverty in America" Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer deliver an incisive pocket history of 1990s welfare reform and then blow the lid off what has happened in the decades afterward to the 1.5 million American households trying to survive without full-time or full-year jobs.Edin and Shaefer s portraits of people in Chicago, Mississippi, Tennessee, Baltimore, and more, forced into underground, damaging survival strategies here in First World America, are truly chilling.This is income inequality in America at its most hidden and most stark. Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University, and author of "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster" TK: Alex Kotlowitz"

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